The Letter

Jeffrey M. Friedman

James R. (Ron) Weddington

Shari L. Nichols

Kirk W. Tate

502 W. 13th Street

Austin, Texas78701

(512) 477-9641

Fax: (512) 320-8312

Friedman & Weddington, Attorneys, L.L.P.

January 6, 1992

Betsey Wright

Director for Public Outreach

Transit ion Team

P. O.Box 615

Little Rock, AR 722Q3

Dear Betsey,

Enclosed is a “letter” to your boss, which I am going

to try to get published. If I am unsuccessful; I may try to

raise the money to print it as an ad in The N. Y. Times and

other places.

Sarah and I have been discussing the notion of our

setting up a non-profit corporation to license and

distribute R U 486. Being non-profit would eliminate the

need for products liability insurance, which is a major

hang-up for a company thinking about marketing a new drug.

It’s possible that such an endeavor could be the

vehicle for a number of birth control efforts. Something’s

got to be done very quickly. 26 million food stamp

recipients is more than the economy can stand.

Congratulations on your work for Clinton. It’s good to

see a UTYD doing good. I hope the new President can find

the time to deal with the issues I raise in my letter.

Please give it to him if you get a chance.

F W &


Ron Weddi ngton

Jeffrey M. Friedman

James R. (Ron) Weddington

Shari L. Nichols

Kirk W. Tate

502 W. 13th Street

Austin, Texas 78701

(512) 477-9641

Fax: (512) 320-8312

Friedman & Weddington, Attorneys, L.L.P.

Dear President-To-Be Clinton,

Some years ago another Southern Governor, when asked

about the possibilities for prison reform, supposedly said

something to the effect of, “Well, I don’t think we’re going

to get very far until we get a better class of prisoner.”

Well, I don’t think you are going to get very far in

reforming the country until we have a better educated,

healthier, wealthier population.

Face it, you know that anything that even resembles the

programs of Democratic Presidents in the past is going to

make you a one term President. Reagan spent all our money

on bombs and even if there were money for programs such as

pre-natal health care, job training and day care centers it

would be years before we would see any dramatic results.

And, as anyone who follows education can see, more money

doesn’t necessarily translate into better educated kids.

But you can start immediately to eliminate the barely

educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country. No,

I’m, not advocating some, sort of mass extinction of these

unfortunate people. Crime, drugs and disease are already

doing that. The problem is that their numbers are not only

replaced but increased by the birth of millions of babies to

people who can’t afford to have babies.

There, I’ve said it. It’s what we all know is true,

but we only whisper it, because as liberals who believe in

individual rights, we view any program which might treat the

disadvantaged differently as discriminatory, mean-spirited

and…well…so Republican.

F W &


In 1989, 27 percent of all births were to unmarried

mothers, a huge percentage of whom were teenagers. If

current trends continue, soon a majority of the babies born

will be born into poverty and one half of the country cannot

support the other half, no matter how good our intentions.

I am not proposing that you send federal agents armed

with Depo-Provera dart guns to the ghetto. You should use

persuasion rather than coercion. You and Hillary are a

perfect example. Could either of you have gone to law

school and achieved anything close to what you have if you

had three or four or more children before you were 20?

No! You waited until you were established and in your 30’s

to have one child. That is what sensible people do. For

every Jesse Jackson who has fought his way out of the

poverty of a large family there are millions mired in

poverty, drugs and crime.

If Ronald Reagan could use the media to convince the

American public that a trillion dollars of borrowed money

needed to be spent to combat the “Evil Empire,” then you

ought to be able to persuade people to only have children

when they are able to afford them. Point out that only

people like George Bush who inherit money can pay for more

than one or two kids in today’s economy. (And even then,

some of the kids grow up to do embarassing things like loot

savings and loans.)

You made a good start when you appointed Dr. Elders,

but she will need a lot of help. You will have to enlist

the aid of sports and entertainment stars to counteract the

propaganda spread by church officials seeking parishioners,

generals seeking cannon fodder and businessmen seeking cheap

labor that, throughout the ages, has convinced the poor that

children are necessary to fulfillment as a person.

It wouldn’t hurt to point out that while only 11.1

percent of three person families are below the poverty

level, 20.2 percent of six person families and 28.6 percent

of families of seven or more are poor. (1992 Statistical

Abstract of the United States, p. 459)


And, having convinced the poor that they can’t get out of

poverty when they have all those extra mouths to feed,

you will have to provide the means to prevent the extra

mouths, because abstinence doesn’t work. The religious

right has had 12 years to preach their message. It’s time

to officially recognize that people are going to have sex

and what we need to do as a nation is prevent as much

disease and as many poor babies as possible.

Condoms alone won’t do it. Depo-Provera, Norplant and

the new birth control injection being developed in India are

not a complete answer, although the savings that could be

effected by widespread government distribution and

encouragement of birth control would amount to billions of


No, government is also going to have to provide

vasectomies, tubal ligations and abortions…RU 486 and

conventional abortions. Even if we make birth control as

ubiquitous as sneakers and junk food, there will still be

unplanned pregnancies. There have been about 30 million

abortions in this country since Roe v. Wade. Think of all

the poverty, crime and misery …and then add 30 million

unwanted babies to the scenario. We lost a lot of ground

during the Reagan-Bush religious orgy. We don’t have a lot

of time left.

You could do it, Mr. President-To-Be. You are

articulate and you’ve already alienated the religious right

with your positions on abortion and homosexuals. The

middle-class taxpayer will go along with this plan because

it will mean fewer dollars for welfare. The retirees will

also go along because because poor people contribute very

little to Social Security.

And the poor? Well, maybe if we didn’t have to spend

so much on problems like low birth weight babies and trying

to educate children who come to school hungry, we might have

some money to help lift the ones already born, out of their



The biblical exhortation to “Be fruitful and multiply,”

was directed toward a small tribe, surrounded by enemies.

We are long past that. Our survival depends upon our

developing a population where everyone, contributes. We

don’t need more cannon fodder. We don’t need more

parishioners, We don’t need more cheap labor. We don’t need

more poor babies

Very truly yours,

Ron Weddington

P.S. I was co-counsel in Roe V. Wade, have sired zero

children and one fetus, the abortion of which was recently

recounted by my ex-wife in her book, A Question of Choice.

(Grosset/Putnam, 1992) I had a vasectomy in 1989 and have

never had one moment of regret.



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